Managerless Bristol City are being linked with a swoop for out-of-favour Cardiff City striker Federico Macheda, according to The Sun.
The Robins departed company with Steve Cotterill last week after nearly three years at the helm, with the side sitting in relegation places in the Championship, after a run of one win in their last 11 games.
Under the former Notts County and Burnley boss, City won League One last season at a canter, but poor performances this season saw the 51-year-old lose his job.
After failing to bring in Bolton Wanderers star Zach Clough last week, the Robins are still searching for a striker that will provide the goals to get them away from the Championship trap door.
Attempts to bring in the likes of Clough, Andre Gray and Dwight Gayle this season have all failed and now former United striker Macheda is the on the list of possibly targets drawn up by director of football Keith Burt.
The Italian hasn’t had the best of times at Cardiff as injury and form has stagnated his development and he has featured just five times this season under Russell Slade.
He joined the Bluebirds on a free transfer from the Red Devils in the summer of 2014 under the management of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but has returned just eight goals in 30 appearances.
Macheda shot to fame for United by scoring the injury-time winner over Aston Villa in 2009 but his career has dwindled since with poor loan spells at Sampdoria, QPR, Stuttgart and Doncaster Rovers.
The striker looked like returning to form with 10 goals in 18 games in a loan spell at Birmingham City in 2014 but injury again hampered any progress.
Bristol City now sit in the relegation places on goal difference after a surprising 1-0 win over league leaders Middlesbrough on Saturday. They face Premier League in the FA Cup on Tuesday before taking on Leeds United at Elland Road the following Saturday.
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